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T. H. White
The Once and Future King is mostly told by a third-person omniscient narrator, but occasionally the author addresses the reader using the second person.
The Once and Future King is mostly told in the past tense, but occasionally the author addresses the reader using the present tense.
The title The Once and Future King comes from the Latin phrase Hic jacet Arthurus Rex quondam Rexque futurus, which, according to legend, is the epitaph on the legendary King Arthur's grave. The phrase is translated as "King once, and king in the future," but White modernized it into "The once and future king." The English writer Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415/18–71) refers to this epitaph in his 1485 work Le Morte d'Arthur (The Death of Arthur)—a work that strongly influenced White. According to Arthurian lore, King Arthur once ruled England and will come back to rule again one day.
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